Fashion Photography

MA - UCA Rochester - 2019

Behind every beautiful fashion shoot is a talented photographer. Be that photographer. 

As a student of MA Fashion Photography, you’ll build upon your existing fashion and photography knowledge to identify, develop and manage a Masters project.

Throughout the course, you’ll have access to UCA’s state-of-the-art photography resources and participate in lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops, with regular off-campus visits to shoots and exhibitions.

Our MA Fashion Photography course offers you the opportunity to develop your practical fashion photography skills whilst giving you a solid grounding in critical thinking and theory.

Your studies will be supported by internationally renowned staff in a department that encourages experimentation. You'll establish yourself as a well-rounded professional who can formulate ideas in a sophisticated framework, while also communicating to others both visually and verbally.

We place a strong emphasis on publication, enabling you to find creative ways to disseminate your work beyond the academic context and into the public arena.

Length of study:

One year full-time or two years part-time


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Entry requirements:

Honours degree, normally 2.1 or above, and/or relevant work experience

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Course details

  • Term 1

    You'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. The first term includes a range of lectures and seminars and you’ll start to explore your creative practice.

    Contemporary Debates and Creative Enquiry

    This unit introduces you to a range of research methods and tools appropriate to an advanced level of study in creative disciplines as well as outlining key issues and debates in contemporary visual and material culture. It is designed to enable the use of advanced study skills to prepare you for the development of your MA body of work within the context of fashion photography.

    Innovating Practice

    This unit is concerned with the exploration and innovation of creative practice in order to inform the critical, conceptual, visual and professional development of the body of work you'll produce during the MA. The unit provides a structured framework to encourage you to speculate, take risks and experiment with the potential of approaches, methods, ideas and themes in contemporary fashion photography and its commercial contexts for their own project.

  • Term 2

    During term two you begin developing your MA project, evaluating and testing out the aims of your proposal over a sustained period of self-directed study. 

    Project Development and Industry Placements

    In this unit, you'll develop the core of your body of work for your MA over a sustained period of self-directed study as you begin to work more independently as a creative image maker. The development of the body of work will be guided and questioned by industry mentors and through tutorials, group critiques and presentations with staff, fellow students and professional practitioners.

    Project Development

    In this unit, you'll develop the core of your body of work for your MA over a sustained period of self-directed study, as you begin to work more independently as a creative image maker. The development of the body of work will be guided and questioned by industry mentors and through tutorials, group critiques and presentations with staff, fellow students and professional practitioners.

  • Term 3

    In the third term of the course, you'll apply the knowledge gained through your research to create a final body of work.

    Creative Resolution and Implementation

    In this unit, you'll continue to be guided by industry mentors and through tutorials, group critiques and presentations with staff, fellow students and professional practitioners. You'll apply and develop the knowledge gained through your research and practice in the Unit ‘Project Development and Industry Placements’ or ‘Project Development’ to resolve and disseminate your final body of work and start to develop and implement your career plan. In this final part of the MA you'll acquire the ability to refine, produce, complete and start to disseminate your body of work, which you'll firmly place within the context of the fashion industry. The final outcome, be it still and/or moving image, should reflect the ambition of your body of work and career aspirations in terms of scale and complexity, becoming a significant step towards moving into employment in the fashion photography industry.

  • Fees

    Uncover all the costs involved, as well as the grants, loans and other financial support you may be entitled to.

  • Fee discounts & scholarships

    To support all of our current students and our recent UK and EU alumni to progress to the next level of study, we have developed a new range of fee discounts across a range of courses.


Fashion Photography facilities include fully-equipped, spacious photographic studios - three large photographic studios and lighting; perfect for still-life, fashion, tableau and other constructed photography. Digital imaging centre including Flextight scanners, large format Epson printers with a print size from A4 to B0, a digital suite of Mac Pros and colour calibrated monitors and up-to-date software. Dedicated processing and printing darkrooms for both black and white and colour photography.

Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

  • Industry links

    Our MA Photography courses enjoy extensive links with a number of photographic, media and fine art professionals, curators, publishers, specialist printers and book designers. These connections enrich your experience through visiting lecturer and seminar programmes.

    In the last three years, speakers on the course have included photographers and other creative practitioners such as:

    • Ori Gersht
    • Esther Teichmann
    • Margaret Salmon
    • Sarah Jones
    • Matthew Stone
    • Criodhna Costello
    • Chris Coekin
    • Carey Young
    • Lisa Castagner
    • Rod Dickinson
    • Jo Longhurst
    • Jason Evans
    • Joseph Walsh
    • Eva Bensasson.

    Additionally, creative professionals and industry links for our course include:

    • Benedict Burbridge, editor of Photoworks
    • Stuart Smith, book designer at Smith-Design
    • Sarah James, writer at Art Monthly and Frieze
    • Lucy Soutter, writer at Source
    • Clare Grafik, curator of The Photographer's Gallery
    • Jennifer Thatcher, Folkestone Triennial
    • Jean Wainwright, writer at Art Newspaper
    • Terry King, specialist printer
    • Emily Pethick, directs The Showroom
    • Robert Shore, editor of Elephant Magazine
    • Edward Dorrian, organiser of Five Years
    • Joyce Cronin, manages the Cubitt Gallery.
  • Careers

    Our postgraduate degree prepares you for your career through professional practice units, talks by visiting artists and portfolio reviews with figures from across the photographic industry. Career opportunities include:

    • Freelance photography
    • Fine art
    • Fashion
    • Advertising and editorial
    • Post production/digital imaging
    • Picture editing and research
    • Curating
    • Image, arts and community arts management
    • Gallery administration.

    Graduates of MA Photography have gone on to win the Jerwood Photography prize; to exhibit their work in The Photographers' Gallery, Photofusion, ArtSway and the Geffyre Museum as well as publishing their outputs in different venues ranging from The Sunday Times Magazine to monographs with Dewi Lewis Publishing.

  • Further study

    We also encourage you to apply to national and international competitions and residencies. Recent graduates have met with success at the PhotoforumPasquArt in Switzerland and Emergent Lleida, Spain. Alumni have also gone on to study for PhDs and to teach in many different national and international institutions at a range of levels.

    Our course provides an excellent platform for you to connect with your subject, or to further your teaching career at an advanced level. It also helps prepare you for progression to an MPhil or PhD.


How to apply - 2019 entry

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When to apply:

You can apply throughout the year but we recommend you try and apply as early as possible so you have time to arrange accommodation and visas, if required.

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Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

  • An honours degree or equivalent qualification in the subject or a related discipline


  • Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

Consideration will also be given to applicants who can make a strong case for admission in relation to a particular project and can demonstrate their potential to satisfactorily complete the course.

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We'll require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. Further information on how to compile a portfolio, and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included, will be provided on the Applicant Portal after you've applied.

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